March 1, 2008
ITHACA, N.Y. - The Bulldogs finished strong in day one of the Heptagonal Championship, held at Cornell. Their 22 points are good for a third place ranking going into the second day of the meet, behind Princeton's 44 and Cornell's 40.
The highest individual finish for the team came from sophomore Eric DePalo, who placed second in the pole vault. DePalo tied his season best of 5.00m with an impressive effort, just barely missing the Heps title. Cornell's Joshua Kirkpatrick also vaulted 5.00m, but won the title based off of misses at the previous height. Both athletes' marks are the best of any Ivy competitor so far this season.
Yale continued their success in the field events with a pair of fourth place finishes from sophomore Reynolds Holmes and junior Jeffrey Lachman. Holmes jumped a season best 7.12m in the long jump. In the weight throw, Lachman threw a personal best 18.14m to move up to No. 6 on Yale's all-time indoor performance list.
Senior Victor Cheng qualified as the top seed in the 60-meter dash with a personal best time of 6.83. Fellow senior Dan O'Brien also advanced to the finals with his third-ranking time of 8.22 in the 60-meter hurdles.
Junior Jared Bell and sophomore Kevin Brown both advanced to the final in the mile run, with times of 4:16.96 and 4:21.34, respectively. Also qualifying for day two's finals were junior Severin Knudsen in the 500-meter dash and sophomore Chris Labosky in the 1,000-meter run.
The 3,000-meter run was the only final in the men's running events for day one, but junior Jake Gallagher made it count with his third place finish, capping off a successful day for the Elis. After a slow pace for the pack at the beginning of the race, Gallagher worked his way up to the front of the field. He blew by all but the first two competitors in the last few laps to finish in 8:32.48, less than a second behind winner Michael Maag of Princeton.
Sunday's competition will commence at 11:00am in Cornell's Barton Hall. All contested events will be scored finals. Results will be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com and http://therelays.blogspot.com/ at the end of the meet.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity